Filing a compensation claim after a truck accident occurs should be done quickly and competently. It is never wise for victims to represent themselves in injury cases. This is because they typically approach the matter emotionally. They are not versed in how personal injury law works and they are not well trained to go up against the skill and tactics of the lawyers that will be representing the individual or business they are suing. The first thing to do is to hire a lawyer who will fight the case for them. However, there are a few important things they can do to move their case along.
Report The Incident.
This should be the first course of action. Cal the police and every other outfit, like an ambulance or firefighters, that should be present at the scene of an accident. The police presence will bring calm and security to the scene. They will also begin to gather important information that will prove useful to the victim when pursuing legal action. The victim must acquire a copy of the police report for their lawyer. This report ensures that their story is corroborated by an established authority and that no manipulation of evidence or statement occurs.
Gather Information and Collect Evidence from The Scene.
A major requirement in a truck accident claim is a detailed and comprehensive collection of information, witness statements, and evidence from the scene of the accident. Anything and everything of relevance should be documented. Pictures of the vehicles, the point of impact, and the victims should be taken from every angle. This creates a clear picture of what happened and who was at fault. The statement of witnesses as soon as an accident happens is invaluable. It should be recorded while their memory is fresh. This typically happens before the police arrive. Once the police report and doctor’s report are ready, they should also be collected and handed over to the attorney who will continue from there.
Contact The Insurance Company.
This should be done quickly as insurance companies have time limits during which a customer can report an incident and they follow it strictly. Provide evidence of non-culpability and avoid questions and responses that will create liability. Avoid giving statements, written or recorded, and do not answer questions without a lawyer present. The idea is to make sure the insurance company is involved promptly to prevent them from negating payment because of one minor miss or the other.
Hand Over All Processes to The Attorney.
At this point, all that is left to do is to hand over everything to the lawyer who will then officially file the claim and build the case. The victim should never speak to the responsible party without their lawyers present. They should never negotiate by themselves. The attorney is their mouthpiece and will skillfully negotiate on their behalf. They are more likely to not only be compensated but compensated handsomely if they go this route. Injury lawyers can do wonders to help you get the right financial compensation, which is something that often does not happen if people decide to go through the process alone.
Filing a truck accident claim looks simple enough but it should be done carefully. All necessary documents, evidence, and statements should be filed by the attorney, and going forward, all talks and negotiations should be conducted with him. This greatly improves the chances of winning the case.